Frankfurt and Cologne are among the 10 Largest Cities in Germany. Frankfurt occupies the fifth place with 732,688 inhabitants while Cologne with 1,060,582 inhabitants occupies the fourth place.

Frankfurt or Cologne?

1. Frankfurt x Cologne Overview

Römerberg Square in FrankfurtFrankfurt – ©Tiara Aracama

Cologne, one of the most popular destinations in GermanyCologne

Frankfurt is an important commercial and economic center in Europe. The highlight of a visit to Frankfurt is in the center around the Römerberg, which has several attractions that can be explored on foot and also provides excellent options for day trips.

Cologne is located on the banks of the Rhine and is known for its beautiful cathedral. It is the largest city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

2. Hotels

Jumeirah Frankfurt©Jumeirah Frankfurt

Hilton Cologne©Hilton Cologne

In Frankfurt the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 69 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 162.

And in Cologne the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 90 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 237.

3. Shopping

Charming shopping street in FrankfurtFrankfurt – ©Raja Sen

Köln Arkaden©Köln Arkaden

Frankfurt has department stores and shopping malls such as Galeria Kaufhof, Primark and MyZeil. The most elegant street in the city is the Goethestrasse, where you can find all the luxury brands.

Cologne offers excellent shopping possibilities. The main shopping streets include Schildergasse, Breite Straße and Ehrenstraße. You will also find the department store Galeria Kaufhof, and the Köln Arcaden mall is another great place for shopping.

4. Museums

Frankfurt - Goethe MuseumFrankfurt

Museum in Cologne©Römisch-Germanisches Museum Cologne

Frankfurt offers good museum options like the Naturmuseum Senckenberg, the famous Goethe House and the Museum für moderne Kunst.

Cologne also has good museum options such as the Germanic Roman Museum and the Chocolate Museum.

5. Parks

Green area in FrankfurtFrankfurt

Beautiful green area in CologneCologne – ©CALIN STAN

Although Frankfurt is known for its high-rise buildings, the city has beautiful green spaces like the Grüneburgpark, Bethmann Park, Metzlerpark and others.

Cologne offers extensive parks such as the Rheinpark, Volksgarten, Aachener Weiher and Grüngürtel.

6. Day Trips

Würzburg day trip from FrankfurtWürzburg

Burg Eltz, one of the most beautiful castles in GermanyBurg Etlz – ©Mika Baumeister

One of the advantages of Frankfurt is that the city offers excellent day trips options, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Würzburg, Koblenz are some of the destinations within easy reach.

And from Cologne it is possible to visit the Burg-Eltz on a day trip, and destinations such as Düsseldorf, Bonn, Koblenz.

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